An antiques shop owner has discovered a beach painting bought from a flea market was once stolen from an art gallery and is a rare work by the French artist Eugene Boudin - whose work has sold for £1.5million.
Old Bank Antiques boss Jon White said a lady brought in the painting alongside other items from her late father's estate.
She told him that her father had bought the 'Trouville - Scene de Plage' piece from a flea market in London several years ago.
But Mr White, from Royal Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, has since found out the painting was snatched in May 1990 from a museum in Mayfair.
Boudin's work has previously sold for upwards of £1.5million. The shop owner is now trying to discover who owned the piece originally.
Old Bank Antiques boss Jon White (pictured above with the stolen artwork), from Wiltshire, said a lady brought in the painting alongside other items from her late father's estate
A close-up shot of the 'Trouville - Scene de Plage' piece. Eugene Boudin specialised in oil paintings of landscapes, especially harbours and beaches in Northern France
Mr White said: 'The signed picture looked special and I felt it was worth doing some research on it.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Clearly we wanted to offer the customer a fair price so needed to spend some time finding out a little more about it and the artist who created